30 Day Ableton Music Production Journal

30 Day Music Production Video
If you've ever wanted to look over my shoulder while I make songs, THIS is the collection for you! In this collection you get me producing 2 full songs and a DJ mix from start to finish over a 30 day period. I take you through the good the bad and the ugly. It's the most honest video collection I've ever made. It includes every Ableton songfile for each day, every sample used and about 20 hours of Video. It also includes mixdowns of the 2 completed songs and DJ Mix.

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Welcome to my 30 Day Journal experiment.  Below are 3 of the 30 videos available in my full Ableton video collection. Over the course of 30 days I forced myself to record at least 30 minutes of producing everyday journaling my full creative process for 2 songs and a DJ mix. I also show you how to take a song from within or outside of Ableton and prepare it for live performance.

Be aware that due to the volume of video material I’ve recorded (20 or more hours), there are no zooms or tricky video effects. I am also aware that there may be some imperfections & volumes may fluctuate with my voice from video to video. In this case I’m going for a wealth of content instead of perfection. It is recommended that you enlarge this video to fullscreen for best results. Enjoy and please share this with your friends through word of mouth, email, TwitterFacebook. I’d like to share this free content with as many people as possible.

Day 1 (Song 1 begins)

Day 14 (Song 2 Begins)

Day 27 (DJ mix begins)

Download completed songs & the Mix at the links below(right click and save):

Song 1

Song 2

Jason Timothy – DJ Mix August 2010

Final thoughts:

Realize the songs & dj mix were not abandoned at the point of perfection as reaching that can require far more than 30 days. Also be aware that reaching a level of satisfaction instead of perfection may be just the discipline you need. I know many people who spend years on their work and by the time it’s close to perfect, they realized it now sounds outdated to them thus starting the cycle all over again.
At the end of the day, completing your creative works takes a level of skill, patience and most importantly confidence. If you can’t muster the confidence in your work, you’ll never be able to say “This is finished”.
I took a huge gamble when starting this 30 day video journal. I had no idea what I would accomplish, if anything. I had no idea if I would be well received as I stumbled through each day trying to share an honest reflection of my creative process. I knew I would be far from perfect and that I would have several of my weaknesses exposed for all to see.
For me, this was a test of will, persistance and courage. I completed the challenge and I came out alive on the other side. As a sidenote I’ve pushed my comfort zone out quite a bit and have become less resistant to facing my fears. I want to thank you all for the support and the positive feedback. I hope this process has inspired you to have the confidence to create and complete your work.

For those who are interested, all the songfiles, samples and final mixes of the songs available immediately if you decide to order this full collection   (you’ll need version 8.1.3 or later). (Keep in mind that the songs used for the DJ Mix are not included due to obvious legal reasons).

I hope you enjoyed this 30 day experiement.

Happy Music Making

Jason

 



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7 Responses to “30 Day Ableton Music Production Journal”

  1. October 18th, 2010 at 11:37 am

    richard says:

    Waow – really appreciate the videos – great for beginners/intermediate and even experts can find something useful! what programme did you use to extract the vocals from Fringe TV series, again?

  2. October 19th, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    ron says:

    Great job with the videos!
    Not sure if it’s just me but Day 24 stops at 22:38.

  3. November 28th, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    Kuba Wolanin says:

    And how it’s going with your challenge?
    Your videos are amazing! Wish you the best. Cheers

  4. January 2nd, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    10 ways to triple your productivity & make more music | Music Software Training and Ableton Tutorial Videos says:

    […] the likelihood of me accomplishing these tasks is pretty slim. I used this technique to create my 30 Day Ableton Music Production Journal as well as my Collective Loop Project. I allowed myself to be embarrassed publicly to make certain […]

  5. June 24th, 2012 at 6:14 am

    celia says:

    I apologize for the former comments. It must have been an error in the server. I registered again and now I am watching them. Many thanks for your help and sharing these videos!!! You can delete the upper comments if you want. =)

  6. January 14th, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    MACSLIM says:

    I have bought a link for Ableton Live Production Kit, The Doctor is in. I’ve been trying to open it up the link and it will not open up. i am using Ableton Live #9, and i have the newest version. I k now it’s been a while since you sent it to me, so i was wondering if you can send me another link at work on windows 7 PC. My email is macslim@liive.com.

  7. January 16th, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Jason Timothy says:

    I’ll take care of that right away. Should be working perfectly for you

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